Mandla not rightful Mvezo chief - Ndaba

2013-07-02 12:44
Mandla Mandela (File, AFP)

Mandla Mandela (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Mandla Mandela's chieftaincy of Mvezo is now in the hands of the Mandela elders after his half-brother, Ndaba, said he was not the rightful chief.

An elder from the Mandela family has told the Mail & Guardian that Mandla is an illegitimate chief who must be overthrown because he disrespected the family by not allowing for Nelson Mandela’s children’s bodies to be buried in Qunu. Madiba grew up in Qunu.

In 2011 Mandla had the bodies moved to Mvezo where Madiba was born.    

Xhosa culture dictates that an illegitimate child such as Mandla has no claim over chieftaincy. Mandla’s late father, Makgatho and a woman known as Nolusapho lived together for a short while in the 1970s. It was in this time that Mandla was born.

Makgatho then married Zondi Mandela with whom he had two children - Ndaba and Mbuso.

Even though Xhosa culture states that illegitimate children cannot become chiefs, it was said that Nelson Mandela was so fond of his grandson that he agreed to Mandla becoming chief of Mvezo.

But the M&G says Mandla scoffed at claims he was not the rightful chief and challenged Ndaba to bring forward the chief whom he regarded as the legitimate one.

"As usual, my family is using the wrong forum to address family matters. Ndaba must come to the family and tell us these things he knows, that we don't," he said.

Nelson Mandela has been in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital after he was admitted on 8 June for treatment of a recurring lung infection.

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